The Mystery of Edwin Drood is the final novel by Charles Dickens. It is a mystery indeed; the serial novel was just half completed at the time of Dickens' death - leading to much speculation on how it might have ended.
The novel is named after Edwin Drood, one of the characters, but it mostly tells the story of his uncle, a choirmaster named John Jasper, who is in love with his pupil, Rosa Bud. Miss Bud is Drood's fiancée, and has also caught the eye of the high-spirited and hot-tempered Neville Landless! Landless comes from Ceylon with his twin sister, Helena. Neville Landless and Edwin Drood take a dislike to one another the moment they meet.
The story is set in Cloisterham, a lightly fictionalised Rochester (in Kent, England). Rochester is close to Dicken's country house Gad's Hill Place, where the final chapter was written and where Dickens died.
Adapted by Alan Chant from the Edwin Drood entry in Wikipedia.
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November 16, 2016 Subject:
Too bad it wasn't finished
Nicely read, although I agree that some of the voice characterizations made it hard to understand the words. I also had to adjust the sound files so that they weren't so drastic in volume fluctuations (between deep-chested male voices and quieter narration, for example).
My biggest complaint are the bells at the start and end of each file. Nice atmosphere at first, but they got annoying very quickly! I'm glad LibriVox doesn't allow such sound effects anymore.
November 22, 2014 Subject:
Well read, and my only complaint about the book is that Dickens did not live to finish it!
April 20, 2010 Subject:
Hours of enjoyment
This reader was absolutely perfect for this book. The narrator's British accent was perfect for Dickens, and his character voices had all of the color that Dickens is so good at creating in his characters. I'll definitely look for this reader again.
March 26, 2009 Subject:
Had to give up
I wholly disagree with the previous review that gives this recording 5 stars. I found the reader's attempts at character voices to be so bad that I couldn't pick up the actual words. This was especially true when the guy tried to do an old woman's voice... none of the dialogue actually got through to me because the "voice" made the words unintelligible.
I guess the reader deserves a bit of credit for trying, but really, I'd just as soon be able to hear the author's words than listen to silly voices.
March 8, 2009 Subject:
An exceptional recording
Dickens' final novel, left unfinished at his death in 1870, is a mystery story much influenced by the 'Sensation Novel' as written by his friend Wilkie Collins. The action takes place in an ancient cathedral city and in some of the darkest places in Victorian London. Drugs, disappearances, sexual obsession, disguise and a possible murder are among the themes and motifs. A sombre and menacing atmosphere, a fascinating range of characters and Dickens' usual command of language combine to make this an exciting and tantalising story. Many thanks to Mr Chant for his breathtaking recording. A true delight to listen to. It will appeal to all enthusiasts of classic British literature and to the distinguished listener!